Spinoza: The Primary and Sole Foundation of Virtue

„The primary and sole foundation of virtue or of the proper conduct of life is to seek our own profit. But in order to determine what reason prescribes as profitable, we had no regard to the eternity of the mind. Therefore, although we were at that time ignorant that the mind is eternal, we considered as of primary importance those things which we have shown are related to strength of mind and generosity; and therefore, even if we were now ignorant of the eternity of the mind, we should consider those commands of reason as of primary importance.“ (The Eternity of the Mind, Conclusion) #Spinoza #virtue #profit

Spinoza, Baruch de, The Philosophy of Spinoza. Edited by Joseph Ratner: Tudor Publishing Company 1926.